651A West Short St
% Kenneth H Brooks
Lexington KY 40508-1246
Contact Information
Address 651A West Short St
% Kenneth H Brooks
Lexington, KY 40508 1246
Phone (859) 259-0222
Contact Name Sonja Brooks
Web and Social Media
We paint faces for free at community festivals
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donate on our website, mail a check, donate new and gently-used art materials and items useful for art making, volunteer to assist with youth programs, Gallery Hop and community events. 
Let us know your interests and how you'd like to help.
Call 859-259-0222 or email
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Sisohpromatem Art Foundation, Inc. nurtures children to become confident, creative and engaged members of the community, through participation in the arts.
       Our name is 'metamorphosis' spelled in reverse. Participation in the arts can create a metamorphosis--in individuals and in the community. Positive personal change and powerful social change can result from an infusion of the arts in our lives. To make programs accessible to everyone, we offer many of our programs at no cost--or low cost--to participants, regardless of financial circumstances. We also seek to include a diversity of participants, youth and families from the various demographics represented in our region. 
      Our focus is on children and families, and especially those from under-resourced, minority, under-represented and under-served communities. Children come with adults, and learn from adults, so we incorporate family and adult activities to provide positive examples for youth.
       Through a combination of in-school programs, youth art workshops, and community outreach activities, SAF, Inc. provides educational and fun art participation opportunities for the artist, the reluctant artist, and the avowed non-artist of all ages.  These efforts help us to demonstrate that everyone can participate, enjoy, learn and grow from participation in the arts.
Background Statement SAF, Inc. grew from the community activities of Founding Directors, Kenneth H. Brooks and Sonja A. Brooks. They bought the historic Italianate storefront at 651 West Short Street (at the corner of Old Georgetown Street) in Lexington’s Western Historic Suburb in 1996. After renovating the building, in 1998 Kenneth and Sonja opened the Heritage Art Center, an art center dedicated to social change. For years the Heritage Art Center has served as a community resource, by encouraging emerging artists and fledgling non-profits and hosting events sponsored by SAF, Inc. and other non-profit and community organizations.
To help realize their goal of social change, Kenneth and Sonja volunteer at schools and community events, offering creative art activities free to participants. On the advice of artist friends to bring their school and community activities under the supportive structure of a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), Kenneth and Sonja formed Sisohpromatem Art Foundation, Inc. in 2003.  SAF, Inc. operates in the Heritage Art Center building, in space provided at no cost by the owners. The school programs and community events originally conducted under the auspices of the Heritage Art Center became the first programs sponsored by SAF, Inc.
Impact Statement

Our top accomplishments of 2017 include the following: 

1. Art and the Environment workshops were welcomed by ‘old’ and new partners in conjunction with after school and summer programs. Close to 700 youth took part in workshops we offered through nine partners at local schools, churches and other community organizations, among them Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Northern and William Wells Brown Elementary Schools, Consolidated Baptist Church and Community Inspired Solutions. For a third year, the Partners for Youth Foundation supported these workshops with a grassroots grant. 
2. Continuing strong in its 7th year, Art Club engaged its 6-11th grade participants monthly in unique self-development opportunities. They learned about community issues, while making art and developing critical skills that will serve them throughout their lives. For example, students developed personal skills, and knowledge of the community, while they 1) helped paint murals of African Americans who attended or worked at the original Dunbar High School in Lexington; 2) created wreaths for families of individuals killed by gun violence; 3) volunteered as face painters at our community festival booths; and 4) explored Japanese, Burmese, and Mexican cultural traditions with local students from those countries. 
     Art Club is an art-based development program that continues to draw a diverse group of participants from around the city. Our target group is students from under-resourced families. We are pleased that most Art Club students are from these families and able to attend thanks to scholarships funded by individual donors. 
3. We expanded our community outreach to offer free face painting and art activities at community festivals around Lexington--from the heart of downtown (Mayfest) to Masterson Station (Crave & the Fire Prevention Festival). This allowed us to engage everyone, including low-income and at risk communities, regardless of ability to pay. We continued to focus other free art activities at Title I schools, community organizations and a variety of events in the East and West End of Lexington, as well as small workshops for organizations serving vulnerable youth groups. 
Needs Statement

1) general operating funds;

2) steady, sufficient revenue sources to bring in guest presenters for youth and outreach programs, with emphasis on celebrating diversity and achieving our goal of demographic inclusion;

3) Multi-year funding sources to sustain, enrich and grow our year round “Art Club”. Students in free and reduced lunch programs receive scholarships to attend. Eighty to ninety percent of students are in this category.

4) Scholarships to expand the number of low-income students who may attend Summer StART workshops in May 2018 and May 2019.

5) Volunteers with interest, passion and time to participate in SAF, Inc. governance by serving as members of Board of Directors, and chairs or members of fundraising and other committees.

6) Solid core of volunteers to assist with delivery of programs, identify community needs, and help with operational matters (such as social networking, mailing database, bookkeeping)

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Board Chair
Board Chair Luke Eldridge
Company Affiliation Luke Eldridge Wire Sculptures
Term June 2016 to June 2019
Board Members
Angelique Bell Community VolunteerVoting
Duke Dunn Dunn For YouVoting
Luke Eldridge Luke's Wire SculpturesVoting
Lucinda England Community VolunteerVoting
Phyllis Gaither Community VolunteerVoting
Hayley Harris Artist, Art Part/Kennedy BookstoreVoting
Christine Kuhn Flourish StudioVoting
Timothy Mitsumori ESL teacher, Lafayette High SchoolVoting
Marvin Puckett Community VolunteerVoting
D. Michael Rayburn D. Michael RayburnVoting
Bobby Scroggins Professor of Art, University of KentuckyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Sonja Brooks
Term Start Feb 2012
Sonja Brooks has been involved in the business of SAF, Inc. since its establishment in 2003. A Founding Director, Ms. Brooks has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Education Program Director. She applies hands-on, day-to-day experience in arts management, curriculum innovation, and coordination of educational, arts-based, and other community resources. She has established productive working relationships with arts and other community organizations and people at all levels. As Executive Director, she draws on this rich source of multi-dimensional leadership, management, teaching and artist experiences to guide SAF, Inc. operations and programs. 
 Her background includes leadership, management and other experiences during her 27 year career with Federal Government.  Ms. Brooks is a lifelong learner, exploring the arts, arts management, and arts education,  among other interests.

Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
    Begun in 2003, the Annual Summer StART workshop for 5th graders is held every May for 30-40 students from the Lexington area. The daylong workshop features a multi-dimensional art project that nurtures each child’s creativity and imagination. Lunch is an integral part of the day. Hosted at a local restaurant, the communal lunch encourages camaraderie while providing a delicious meal. The workshop gives schools and parents a chance to acknowledge good performance, celebrate graduation to middle school, and encourage creative activities over the summer. We invite 12-15 elementary schools to nominate two fifth graders to attend. We believe the school staff will know the students who have earned this opportunity, will benefit most from it, and be able to take advantage of it.
     Scholarships are automatically made available for students in free/reduced lunch programs. Students receiving scholarships are not stigmatized in any way.
Budget 3000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations

"Art Club" is a development program for youth in 5th -12th grade. Guided by educators and caring adults, students explore their identities and the community through youth-focused, art-infused activities. These experiences nurture confidence, social and emotional skills, creative expression, problem solving and collaboration. Equally important, students develop new and continuing friendships with a diverse group of students. Schools select the participants, with a focus on students from under resourced families.

Art Club meets once a month and for a summer camp. Goals are to: 1) Nurture new friendships; 2) Increase student comfort zones; 3) Strengthen 21st century skills—creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking & problem solving; 4) Establish regular, positive interaction with a diverse group of caring adults and older youth; 5) Dispel/prevent prejudices through exposure to diversity of participants and experiences.
The majority of Art Club participants are scholarship recipients. Their participation is made possible with the support of individual donors.
Budget 7500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
      Each year SAF, Inc participates in “Art & Science Day” and "Career Day" at a number of local elementary schools, engaging students in creative projects that teach art and other concepts and allow them to express themselves freely. Some of the elementary schools we visit include Athens-Chilesburg, Cassidy, Northern, and William Wells Brown.

     SAF, Inc. teaches art classes during the school day and in after school programs. For example, we conduct a weekly art class at the Family Care Center with teen moms and a bi-monthly art session after school with Kappa League boys at Leestown Middle School.
Students gain valuable ‘real world’ experiences and satisfy educational requirements at SAF, Inc.-- 1) Since 2012, Lafayette High School’s International Tutoring Club has worked with SAF, Inc.’s Art Club. 2) Public high school students serve an internship with SAF, Inc. as part of the Experience-based Career Education Program (EBCE). 3) About once a year SAF, Inc. installs a youth art exhibit, curated by an art teacher or high school student. Past years have included youth curators from Sayre School and Bryan Station High School.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,

Providing free hands-on family activities at festivals and other community celebrations is a priority for SAF, Inc. as a way to make the arts accessible to everyone. We are regulars at such local celebrations as Mayfest, Woodland Art Fair, and Roots & Heritage Festival. 
      SAF, Inc. sponsors art exhibits by established and emerging visual and performing artists (youth and adults). Additionally, we host student-led social service and community projects. Featured during Lexington Gallery Hops, the exhibits and projects bring attention to SAF, Inc.’s programming, as well as to the artists and issues, and offer the public an opportunity to participate in the arts and to learn about issues in the community.

A dozen community organizations engage SAF Inc. to offer arts activities for youth and families attending their programs. Particularly during the summer, local organizations with youth camps seek our Art and the Environment Workshops to enhance their programs.

Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $18,000.00
Projected Expenses $18,000.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,610$2,730$2,910
Individual Contributions$7,620$8,500$5,748
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$400
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$11,842$12,447$6,705
Administration Expense$2,467$2,994$3,022
Fundraising Expense$255$305$310
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.370.901.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%79%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$5,420$6,584$8,115
Current Assets$5,420$6,584$8,115
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$5,420$6,584$8,115
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Foundation Staff Comments
Because of its size, this agency files the 990N postcard, which contains no financial information. All financial information used to create the above graphs was provided by Sisohpromatem. Numbers are unaudited.
Address 651A West Short St
% Kenneth H Brooks
Lexington, KY 405081246
Primary Phone 859 259-0222
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Sonja Brooks
Board Chair Luke Eldridge
Board Chair Company Affiliation Luke Eldridge Wire Sculptures